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Governor Signs Clean Energy Legislation into Law

Update: Nov 22-Dec 15, 2023

Governor Whitmer recently signed groundbreaking clean energy legislation that positions the state as a national frontrunner in combating climate change. These bills, part of the MI Healthy Climate Plan, promise to slash household utility costs by an average of $145 annually, generate 160,000 well-paying jobs, and bring in nearly $8 billion in federal funds for clean energy initiatives. The package boasts a 100% clean energy standard by 2040 (SB 271), driving Michigan toward renewable energy sources while fostering economic growth and elevating labor standards.

The comprehensive package also includes measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste (SB 273), the formation of the Office of Worker and Community Economic Transition (SB 519), and streamlined processes for clean energy projects (HB 5120). The legislation places special attention on protecting local communities (SB 502) and farmers’ rights to engage in solar projects on their own land (SB 277).

MDHHS Internal Changes and Promotions

Update: Nov 11-21, 2023

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced internal changes. The Children’s Services Administration will report directly to Elizabeth Hertel, director of MDHHS, instead of Lewis Roubal. Roubal is retiring from his position as the chief deputy director for opportunity for the MDHHS.

The department also announced promotions that are listed below.

• David Knezek, Chief Operating Officer

• Emily Skrzypczak, Chief of Staff

• Laura Blodgett, Senior Deputy Director of Communications

MDHHS looking for Social Determinants of Health Hub advisory council members

Update: Nov 11-21, 2023

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that they are looking for advisory council members for the five hubs of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). These hubs were established to improve the health resources and equity of food, housing, transportation, and other social factors. The 5 hubs hope to work with all types of members including social workers, housing providers, government departments, and businesses to achieve their goals.

If you are interested in becoming an advisory council member, please apply here.